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Atheists gloat over revenge taken on Ohio church that had their billboard removed

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An atheist group is gloating on its website over the revenge it has taken on Christ Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. The church, which owns a billboard leased to Clear Channel Outdoor advertising, discovered that an atheist advertisement had been placed on […]

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10-year-old Pakistani girl expelled, accused of blasphemy for misspelling Islamic term

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A 10-year-old Christian girl, Faryal Bhatti, has had to go into hiding with her single mother after she misplaced a dot on her Urdu-language spelling test. Faryal was a fifth grader at Sir Syed Girls High School at the Pakistan […]

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Military chaplains won’t be forced to conduct same-sex marriages

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U.S. military chaplains asked to perform weddings will not be forced to violate their consciences nor the doctrines of their faith — and may decline to officiate nuptials for homosexual couples. The ruling came in a memo from Clifford Stanley, […]

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Over 2 million kids show up early, pray for their schools at “See You at the Pole”

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More than 2 million students nationwide prayed in in front of their schools Wednesday for the annual “See You at the Pole” observance, now in its 21st year. Coordinated by the National Network of Youth Ministries in San Diego, the event is youth-led […]

Kazakhstan clamps down on religious expression, prohibits churches in private homes

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Long antagonistic to a wide spectrum of religious faiths, the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan passed new regulations that critics are calling a blow to religious freedom. The Kazakh house of parliament approved the bill Thursday. Backers say it will help combat religious extremism. […]

Supreme Court to consider whether churches can hire, fire without government interference

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Does a church have the right to hire or fire the preacher without worrying about government interference? If a Catholic priest decides he doesn’t accept the authority of the Pope, can the diocese recall him without worrying about the National Labor Relations […]

Farmer kicks pop singer Rihanna, video crew out of his field, suggests she find God

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Northern Ireland farmer Alan Graham says he’d never heard of pop star Rihanna, but she was dressed too inappropriately to use his barley field, so he made her film crew pack up and leave. He did take time to counsel her to get right […]

Proposed fed rules would disqualify Jesus, Good Samaritan, says cardinal

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New federal guidelines are so narrow that Jesus himself would not qualify for the Department of Health and Human Services “religious employer exemption,” says Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. Neither would the Good Samaritan. The HHS rules has so many rules that “it […]

The Watchtower: Those who leave Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased”

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Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses are “mentally diseased” and should be avoided just like anybody else with an infectious disease, according to an article in The Watchtower, the official magazine ditributed door-to-door by the church’s members. The article has prompted outcries from a number of […]

Teacher punishes student for responding “God bless you” to a friend’s sneeze

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Saying “God bless you” when a classmate sneezed got an unnamed student a reduced grade at William C. Wood High School in Vacaville, Calif. this week.    Blessing sneezers is particularly annoying to heatlth teacher Steve Cuckovich, who told KTXL […]

British police give partial apology, say cafe owner can play Bible videos

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Cafe owner Jamie Murray says British police have given a partial apology for telling him that his displaying Bible verses on a TV screen was a breach of public order. Police questioned the café owner Tuesday at the peak of the […]

Israel lawmakers to vote on full annexation of occupied West Bank

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Full annexation of the occupied West Bank and repudiation of any agreements with the Palestinian Authority are scheduled for an October vote in Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset. The West Bank consists of 3,504 square miles — smaller than Rhode Island — that include […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

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Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

ACLU, Planned Parenthood form group to fight Mississippi abortion initiative

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Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined forces to create the pro-abortion “Mississippians for Healthy Families” with a goal of defeating a constitutional amendment limiting abortion in the Magnolia State. Christine Dhanagom of LifeSiteNews writes that “Yes on 26,” a coalition […]

Now that he’s out of Iran, synagogue dares to reveal hiker Josh Fattal is one of their own

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When hiker Josh Fattal was finally released after being held for two years in Iran, his friends and family — and particularly his synagogue — could finally reveal a secret kept under wraps even by the news media. Iran — an Islamic […]

NY Times: Wall Street banker loves Gospel

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She’s a Harvard-graduated Wall Street banker, but her true delight is singing Gospel. Carla A. Harris used to slip away from Morgan Stanley to perform Harlem’s Apollo Theater amateur night, writes Kevin Roose for the New York Times. She is one of the most […]

Joy Behar asks Michael Moore: Is America ready for a chubby President?

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Asked by Joy Behar on Headline News whether America would vote for a “fat” candidate for President, controversial film-maker Michael Moore, who has never been accused of being too skinny, responded that most Americans are fat and would probably identify with […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

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From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Saudi woman driver sentenced: 10 lashes

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Today a Saudi Arabian woman who defied the local religious police was convicted and sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. Shaima Ghassaniya was found guilty of driving without the government’s permission. The ruling came just two days after […]

Now anybody can try translating the famed Dead Sea Scrolls

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Once available only to selected scholars, five of the fragile, 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, which include some of the world’s oldest known biblical manuscripts, are now available online. Anybody with an Internet connection can now browse the the Great Isaiah Scroll, […]

Mattingly: A doomed Iranian pastor [Yawn!]

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Why doesn’t the press care that Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to deny Jesus Christ? The former Muslim turned Christian preacher in Iran has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province, […]

India native is first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment in British Columbia

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Stepping up to take charge of the Duke of Connaught’s Own British Columbia Regiment, India native Lieutenant Colonel Harjit Singh Sajjan is the first Sikh in the Canadian Army’s history to take such a command. Sikhism has a following of over 20 million worldwide […]

After wardrobe malfunction, “Sorry! Jesus!” should kids watch “Dancing With the Stars?”

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ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” went from “PG-13″ to “R” Monday night as guest dancer Nancy Grace’s dress couldn’t contain her endowments, then singer Chynna Phillips cussed on the air. Already the show was pushing the edges of family-appropriate viewing […]

Is Obama the Antichrist? Apparently not

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President Barack Obama passed a key test Monday night in case anybody is worried that he might be the Antichrist. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Obama was interrupted by a man identified […]

Bestselling lesbian Muslim author says her mission is to spark discussion, debate

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If it’s debate she wanted to spark, Irshad Manji has been successful. Her first book, The Trouble With Islam, was called “Bin Laden’s worst nightmare” by one reviewer. In a controversial 2007 documentary, Faith Without Fear, the unabashed lesbian — who remains a devout Muslim […]

Will the theme to “2001: A Space Odyssey” soon be all that’s left of Zoroastrianism?

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Their faithful fear the day is coming when all that remains in the public’s memory of Zoroastrianism will be composer Richard Strauss’ 1896 tone poem “Also Sprach Zarathustra” — also known as the opening theme to Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” […]

British cops won’t apologize for intimidating cafe owner into shutting off Bible video

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British police are claiming they did nothing wrong when they questioned a cafe owner for almost an hour until he turned off a video displaying Bible verses. Jamie Murray, owner of the Salt and Light Cafe in Blackpool, 240 miles northwest of […]

Ancestor-worshipping village shaman divines a path around Indonesia’s bureaucracy

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In Tumbang Saan, a village of huts built on stilts in Borneo’s vast rainforest, village elder Udatn had a problem. He’s a spiritual leader in Kaharingan, one of a number of names for the ancestor-worshipping, spirit-divining religion of Borneo’s indigenous forest people, the […]

Tennessee football coaches told not to bow their heads during student-led prayer

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The football coaches at Westmoreland Middle School in Sumner County, Tenn., got into trouble for bowing their heads during a student-led prayer before a recent game. According to local NBC affiliate WSMV, the unnamed coaches didn’t say anything aloud themselves, but bowed their […]

Washington Post: Have a rockin’ Rosh Hashanah! (And watch Rick Perry dance!)

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this week at sundown Wednesday, notes Elizabeth Tenety in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. During the one-day holiday, Jews will welcome in the year 5772 — and kick off more than a week of traditional observances, […]

Petition on White House website asks for investigation of Scientologists

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A petition on the White House’s official website, calls for an investigation into the Church of Scientology. The petition in calls for: WHEREAS, the FBI has 300+ recent complaints of Scientology crimes and atrocities — human trafficking, forced abortions and […]

Mom with Cystic Fibrosis has history-making triplets despite doctors’ advice to abort

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With their first birthday only days away, identical triplets Dakota, Savannah and Brooklyn are toddling and cooing and thrilling their family with that baby cuteness that creates photo-sharing grandmothers on airliners. But this family has a right to be proud. […]

Dutch soccer fans under fire for singing pro-Jewish chants

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European soccer fans are a different breed, so when the followers of Holland’s premier team, Ajax, began filling stadiums with songs that “We are the super-Jews,” most observers just rolled their eyes. However, some were not amused. A group called BAN, which is an […]

British doctor accused of witnessing his Christian faith to a patient

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A British physician who asked a patient whether he had considered putting his faith in Jesus has come under the scrutiny of a medical board. However, the complaining patient has not shown up for hearings, prompting concern as to why the matter […]

Rice University: Only a minority of scientists call religion and science irreconcilable

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Are there irreconcilable differences between faith and science? Not in the opinion of prominent scientists who participated in a five-year study by Rice University. It suggests that only a minority of scientists at major research universities see religion and science […]

In Bay Minette, go to church, stay out of jail

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Commit a misdemeanor in Baldwin County, Alabama’s county seat — Bay Minette, population 7,726 — and it’s possible to stay out of jail by going to church. The new policy in Municipal Court begins next week. It is “being praised […]

How many have died because of China’s 31 years of allowing only one child per family?

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We’ve just passed another anniversary of China’s one-child policy, instituted on September 25, 1980. When put into law, the Chinese government said it was an emergency measure that would be left in place for 30 years. “Since the day the […]

Texas high schooler suspended for saying “being a homosexual is wrong”

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A Christian high school student has been punished by his school this week for saying he believes “being a homosexual is wrong.” Student Suspended for Saying Gay Is Wrong: MyFoxDFW.com Fort Worth 14-year-old Dakota Ary was sent to the principal’s […]

Were Saudi suicide bombers high on heroin?

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A Saudi official says the results of laboratory tests on the remains of suicide bombers who blew themselves up in terrorist attacks there show they had enough heroin in them to keep them from feeling pain when they blew themselves up. Saudi […]

Sunday is “Turban Day” for Europe’s Sikhs

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Thousands of Sikhs will gather across Europe Sunday to proclaim their right to wear their faith’s required turbans — and to voice concerns with legal challenges to such headgear in some parts of Europe. The turban or dastaar is mandatory for […]

LA Times: Computer project manager tries his hand at Muslim matchmaking

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Information technology project manager Mohammad Mertaban is doing his part to resolve the “marriage crisis” in the Southern  California Islamic community. It seems that growing numbers of devout Muslims in the U.S. are reaching their late 20s and early 30s  still single. These are […]

Nigerian priest in Okonko cult accused of killing one student, injuring two others

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A chief priest in the Okonko cult, Chief Emenike Umogariko, is accused of killing a political science graduate student from Nigeria’s Abia State University and seriously injuring two other persons, according to Nigeria’s Daily Sun newspaper. The victim, Ekenna Sunday Ugochukwu, died after being attacked with a […]

Elder at banned Chinese church smuggles out letter declaring victory

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For six months, Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church has attempted to hold outdoor services after officials blocked them from taking possession of a $4 million property. Today, the church’s leaders are under house arrest. Any church member who shows up at […]

Washington Post: Scandalized pastor, Gary Busey agree to ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap”

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“An appearance on ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ show is not the traditional way to restore the image of a troubled evangelical pastor,” notes Joshua Little in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section: But, scandalized former mega-church pastor Ted Haggard has […]

New Jersey church says “God trusts you,” will give away $90,000 in “reverse offering”

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Why is a 2,000-member New Jersey church with no building planning a $30,000 “reverse offering” followed by $60,000 more donated back to the community? “Washington is broke, people are broke, and folks have lost faith that government can provide a lasting […]

Tiny Bible expected to sell for $50,000 has been to the moon and back

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A 1,245-page Bible that once visited the lunar surface is expected to be auctioned off for $50,000. “A rare Bible that’s been to the moon and back will have a new owner Thursday night – the complete King James version, framed in gold leaf, is […]

Australian rugby player blasts Scientologists in print and TV interviews

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Negative press coverage continues for the Church of Scientology as an Australian rugby figure has denounced the church’s practices. “A former rugby league star has attacked the head of the church of Scientology, David Miscavige, describing him as a ‘violent […]

She wears the Islamic full-body veil and is running for President of France

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Kenza Drider was one of the first to be arrested for appearing in public in a traditional Muslim robe that covers everything but her eyes and hands — and she’s running for president of France. The a mother of four wears a niqab — which […]

Video gamers solve molecular biology puzzle that stumped scientists for 10 years

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Computer games aren’t just time-wasting geek pastimes, according to the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Online gamers have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had had baffled researchers for a decade. The accomplishment was published in the […]

Violent, graphic “Machine Gun Preacher” movie actually had to tone down truth

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When actor Gerard Butler first read the script for the movie Machine Gun Preacher, “I thought, are you kidding me?” he says. “This couldn’t all have happened.” But it did and much more, writes Michele Vu for the Christian Post. “The man has […]

NY Times: Somali radio gives 10-year-old contest winners AK-47 assault rifles, grenades

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A radio station run by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded AK-47 assault rifles to children as young as 10 who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest. Andulus radio, based near the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gave students who won top honors in the […]

Baylor Religion Poll: 73.1% of Americans believe “God has a plan for me”

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A new study shows that a majority of Americans believe God is the guiding force that is leading America’s economy and the government is too big. As a result, sociologists concluded these believers are upset about U.S. economic policy because […]

Rifle-toting soldiers tag along, protecting Thai monks collecting traditional daily alms

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With a Muslim insurgency threatening to destabilize Thailand’s south, armed soldiers have begun shadowing the area’s Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds begging for alms. “With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in […]

NBC’s new “Playboy Club” blasted by parents council, ex-Bunnies … and is actually boring

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Chicago’s Playboy Club of the 1960s was nothing like the new NBC prime-time drama, says former Playboy Bunny Marilyn Miller. But she may not have much to worry about — the show is unlikely to be around for long. It got […]

Washington Post: Death penalty pro-life?

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“It is often pointed out, contrary to what most people expect, that there is a positive correlation between being pro-life and supporting the death penalty,” writes Dr. Richard Land in the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section. “Conversely, there is also […]

Has British comedian committed professional suicide by outing himself, confessing faith?

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British stand-up comic and talk-show host Frank Skinner has never been politically correct. But now he’s done it. He’s come out of the closet. He’s dared to defy the establishment and reveal that, yes, the rumors are true. He can’t […]

Australian play pits Hitler vs elephant god Ganesh, infuriating down-under Hindus

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Already annoyed by ads with the goddess Lakshmi in skimpy swimwear and a disk jockey who called the holy Ganges River a junkyard, Australian Hindus are irked by a play pitting Hitler versus the god Ganesh. “Ganesh Versus the Third […]

Watchwoman on the Wall: 63-year-old cartoon has a message for us all

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You might call it a relic of the 1950s, a souvenir of the Eisenhower years, back when America had just defeated the Nazis and was faced with the threat of Communism. Those were “Leave It to Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” “Ozzie […]

Berlin protesters say they’ll shout all night to disturb Pope Benedict XVI’s sleep

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A group of German protesters plan to yell and make other noise outside the Pope’s bedroom on this weekend when he visits Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will be flying into the German capital for a four-day visit starting Thursday. Thousands of  Catholic faithful are […]

Southern Baptists propose name change

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The Southern Baptists are considering changing their name. “The announcement from Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the convention’s name sparked a lively debate during the SBC Executive Committee […]

One last important talk with Dad

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With his elderly father suffering from the confusion that comes with too many old-age ailments, Steven Travers felt the two of them still needed to have a heart-to-heart talk. But he feared it would not be easy. “I girded myself,” Travers writes […]

The Guardian: Was John Wesley distracted by Bristol church’s topless statue?

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The statue of a bare-breasted woman has been uncovered in a Bristol, England, church where John Wesley preached. Art experts removed a piece of 17th century armor consisting of a breastplate and backplate so that “she now stands – as they […]

School picks OK! over Baghdad for musical

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Pennsylvania school kids will sing about the Sooner state instead of Baghdad after complaints prompted school officials to cancel plans to put on “Kismet,” a musical about a Muslim poet. Instead, students at Richland High School in Johnstown, Pa., will sing and act […]

Israel announces “Jewish News 1″ broadcast alternative to al-Jazeera

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The first-ever Jewish news network will begin broadcasting tomorrow. “Jewish News 1 was born as an alternative to the world’s leading news networks – CNN, Fox News and Sky News,” reports Andy Sennitt for the Media Network. “But its main […]

California couple fined $300 for holding home Bible study

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A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering, according to the internet website the Blaze: City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. […]

Israel asks you to vote for the Dead Sea as a “wonder of the world”

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Israeli officials want the Dead Sea to make the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” list — and say you can help. The ancient sea is among 28 finalists offered by the conservation-minded New 7 Wonders group. “I would like to ask […]

Egypt abruptly bars exports of palm fronds to Israel, frustrating Sukkot festival planners

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Egypt has unexpectedly banned the export of closed palm fronds, just in time for Israel’s annual Sukkot festival, in which the fronds are a traditional feature. The Egyptian decision to ban the export has forced Israel to seek ways to make up […]

Environmentalists eye India’s funeral pyres

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Between 50 and 60 million trees are consumed in India’s 7 million open-air Hindu cremations each year, worrying a group of environmentalists. The traditional Hindu funeral pyre — an ancient ritual that goes back thousands of years — poses a threat to the living, says […]

Washington Post: When atheism turns ugly

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“Fanatical atheism is no worse and no better than fanatical religion, though it may be more bitterly ironic,” writes Brad Hirschfield in the Washington Post. “There is something pretty odd, dare I say hypocritical, about a bunch of people who […]

1 lb, 2 oz at birth, South African “miracle baby” kept alive in a sandwich bag

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She weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces at birth and spent her first three days on life support inside a plastic sandwich bag. Allegra Lategan was delivered during an emergency Caesarian on July 29 at 22 weeks. “South Africa’s miracle baby […]

Renegade clergy’s defiance threatens to split United Methodists

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Hundreds of United Methodist clergy are expressing deep concerns over a pledge made by a renegade group of fellow ministers to marry same-sex couples. Their concern is that if the pledge is carried through, the future of the denomination is […]

Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

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As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

Daily Caller: Atheists, agnostics live shorter, unhappier, according to research journals

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Caution: Shaking your fist at the sky while proclaiming that God doesn’t exist and mocking the faith of His flock can be harmful to your health. “This isn’t about what happens to you in the hereafter,” writes Patrick Chisholm for […]

Wikileaks: U.S. Embassy sneered about Catholic influences in Poland

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U.S. Embassy officials in Warsaw, Poland, under the Obama administration complained that Catholic Church doctrine is a major source of “homophobia” in the heavily Catholic country, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. The messages from the American embassy in Poland’s capital, […]

Muslim member of Dutch parliament issues his own “fatwa”

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On the eve of 9/11, a Dutch Muslim politician has launched a campaign calling on Muslims around the world to stop blindly following decrees issued by a handful of extremists, and to start thinking for themselves, according to the British […]

Appeals court hears case of couple fired because for being “too religious”

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The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Thursday over whether the Florida property management firm Hallmark Companies discriminated against a Christian couple when it fired them. Daniel and Sharon Dixon were managing an apartment complex in Lake City, Fla., […]

9-year-old boy credits God after surviving near-deadly encounter with plane propeller

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Texas 9-year-old Isaac Armstead credits his faith in God for his incredible survival after walking into a airplane propeller going full speed — and living to talk about it. The prop split his head open and took off his right […]

British Columbia officials marvel at kidnapped 3-year-old’s “miracle” return

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“Praise God. Who can know my family and not believe in an amazing, awesome God?” exclaimed the toddler’s mother. “We are truly blessed.” The toddler is three-year-old Kienan Hebert, safely returned — apparently by a kidnapper — to his Vancouver-area, […]

6-year-old’s dad irked at school focus: AIDS, prostitutes, genital mutilation, transgender

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A Canadian father was alarmed when his first grader brought home a school notice that included the  Toronto District School Board 2011-12 daily planner’s recommendations for “days of significance.” Such days that the six-year-old’s family should remember, according to the calendar, […]

Tortured daily for 32 months for her faith, African singer praises Almighty God anyway

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She sings without accompaniment distinctly Middle-Eastern melodies. Listen closely and you’ll pick out one word that needs no translation from her native Eritrean: alleluia. Helen Berhane walks haltingly with help — still recovering from nerve damage suffered from almost three […]

“Biggest Loser” contestant’s family cites prayers, “miracles” after four-story fall

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The family of TV reality show contestant Sam Poueu wants to thank America for praying for his recovery — after his four-story fall down a fire escape. “He still has a long road ahead and is already a true testament to […]

Churches taking over Hungary’s schools as part of new austerity measures

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Churches are taking over Hungary’s school as the government cuts back on services. “Local government officials in Hungary are handing state-owned schools over to churches, unable to afford their upkeep during the economic recession, according to church sources,” reports the […]

It’s Miracle Two for Super Bowl Three veteran

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The New York Jets’ upset win against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in 1968’s Super Bowl III has long been considered a miracle. Now the Jets’ center, John Schmitt, has experienced another, as this video testifies. The championship ring he […]

Atheists schedule Bible desecration on famed southern California pier

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An atheist group says it will tear pages out of a Bible on southern California’s Huntington Pier. A Christian preacher who often preaches on the beach noted that they chose not to desecrate a Koran — since Christians forgive those […]

Dutch consider $500 fine for wearing full-body veil in public

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The Netherlands appears about to join France and Belgium in banning the public wearing of full-body veils. Violators wearing the Muslim burqa or niqab will be fined U.S. $500 if proposed legislation is approved by the Dutch cabinet. The need for […]

77 percent of Americans believe prayer makes a difference

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More than three-fourths of Americans believe prayer makes a vital difference during times of illness or injury, according to a new poll. “Nearly half of American voters believe in the Biblical account of creation,” notes Dana Blanton for Fox News, “and […]

Muslims fill French streets, sidewalks, defying ban on public mass prayers

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Hundreds of Muslims on Friday defied a new French ban on outdoor group prayer, filling the streets and sidewalks of  some neighborhoods to kneel on prayer rugs and observe the Islamic requirement for five-times-daily prayer while facing Mecca. The ban […]

High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

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Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

Six heroes brave flames to lift car off of trapped cyclist

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They’re calling it the miracle in Logan, Utah and here is a video that bears that out. As you can see, a group of about a dozen people lifted up a burning car and dragged out 21-year-old Brandon Wright, who […]

Top atheist says “dangerous, damaging and disingenuous” Christians “must be eradicated”

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American Atheists, a non-profit that claims to protect the rights of atheists and to ensure the “absolute separation of government and religion,” always seems to find itself in the middle of controversy, writes Billy Hallowell at the news website the […]

Rumblings of war: Greece and Israel sign pact amid worries about Turkey

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With Turkey threatening naval action against Israel, the Jewish state and Greece have invoked a mutual defense pact they signed without publicity only 12 days ago. “Greek Defense Minister Panos Beglitis, making the first official visit by a Greek defense minister to Israel, […]

Messianic Jews in Israel report harassment from pamphleteers

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by Corine Gatti of the Beliefnet staff Messianic Jews in a suburb west of Jerusalem continue to be harassed for following their faith, this time by someone anonymously placing flyers in public areas singling out members of Messianic congregations. The […]

Rogue trader loses $2 billion, posts on Facebook: “Need a miracle”

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The Financial Times is reporting that before an unauthorized trader at the Swiss investment firm UBS lost $2 billion in trades, he posted on his Facebook account: “Need a miracle.” Although the firm has yet to identify the alleged rogue trader, police reportedly […]

100-year-old credits “serving God by serving others” for her long life

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“God is everything to me,” says Ideaner Harden Moore Walker, who just turned 100 years old. “God is great in His goodness.” “I’ve been praying since I was 6 years old,” she told the Orangeburg, S.C., newspaper the Times and Democrat, “and […]

Angel Food Ministries cancels September deliveries, suspends refunds

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Angel Food Ministries, which in the past has delivered discounted food to as many as 5,000 churches in 43 states, has cancelled September’s deliveries and suspended refunds of pre-payments. A statement on the ministry’s website reads:  We regret to inform you that Angel Food Ministries will […]

Palestinians make U-turn, decide to go ahead with bid for statehood

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has reversed a pledge to Saudi, European and Egyptian officials to hold off on asking the United Nations to recognize as a new state Israel’s occupied Palestinian territories. Sources told the middle eastern news website DEBKAfile […]

Pat Robertson: It’s OK to divorce a spouse stricken with Alzheimer’s

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Pat Robertson says divorce of a spouse with Alzheimer’s is allowable since the partner “is gone.” A viewer had asked Robertson how she should advise a friend who had begun dating another woman although his wife was still alive — but suffering from dementia brought […]

Federal judge: Illegal to display U.S national motto in schoolroom, Buddhist flags OK

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A federal appeals court in California ruled Tuesday that a San Diego-area math teacher does not have the constitutional right to display America’s national motto, “In God We Trust” in his classroom. The fact that school officials allowed Tibetan prayer […]

Wall Street Journal: Jewish voters switched to GOP over NY same-sex marriage, Israel

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The Democrats lost a long-held Congressional seat to the Republicans Tuesday because Jewish voters were irked over New York’s new same-sex marriage law and the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel, according to political observers. “Many Jewish voters turned out to […]

Life not easy for Israel’s Christian “Messianic” Jews

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by Corine Gatti of the Beliefnet staff Why would a Jewish believer in Yeshua — Hebrew for Jesus —  uproot themselves to move to the Middle East? That could be easily answered: a passion for the Holy Land and belief that Israel […]

Only the rebellious dare to declare their Christianity?

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Declaring one’s Christianity has become a sign of cultural rebellion in these politically correct times, writes Anthony Bradley in World magazine. “The most radical, counter-cultural, rebellious thing a young adult can do in America today is join a Christian church […]

NY Times: Scorned Buddhist convert besieges Tibetan master with 8,000 threatening “tweets”

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“Even the Buddha of compassion might have been distressed to be on the receiving end of the diatribes that William Lawrence Cassidy is accused of posting on Twitter,” directed at Tibetan Buddhist reincarnated master Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, reports the New […]

Jewish columnist marvels at the continuing vitriol aimed at Mel Gibson

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Why is there such knee-jerk hatred of Mel Gibson? Is it because he can never be forgiven for making an incredible success of The Passion of the Christ? Or can there be redemption? It would seem not, considering the chorus of […]

Nine Amish jailed in Kentucky; refused to put orange triangles on their horse-drawn buggies

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Nine Amish men have been jailed after refusing to put go-slow safety signs on their carts — and there are dozens more facing a similar fate, reports the British newspaper the Daily Mail. The men, who belong to the conservative Old Order […]

Unicef study: Materialism is undermining British families, helped cause recent riots

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A cycle of “compulsive consumerism” driven by materialism is leaving British family life in crisis, according to a study by the United Nations agency UNICEF. The agency also blamed the phenomenon as one of the underlying causes of this year’s […]

Is the Daily Beast too generous in declaring Turkey’s prime minister not “a Jew-hating jihadi”?

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Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

Miss Universe grateful to the Almighty, “satisfied with the way God created me”

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Newly crowned Miss Universe, Leila Lopes from Angola, thanked God after she was crowned at the 60th anniversary of the beauty pageant. When asked what physical trait she would change about herself, Lopes said: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with […]

Jerusalem Post: Syrian rebels poke fun on YouTube, rally support on Twitter, Facebook

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Technology is defying censorship in Syria as rebels mock their tenacious dictator on YouTube and summon crowds into the streets using Twitter, Facebook and other local social media. On YouTube, an Arabic-language cartoon shows Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad picking up the phone […]

Iran will release U.S. hikers as Ahmadinejad prepares to speak at UN

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Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran for more than two years are about to be released as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares for his annual trip to the United Nations. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested and convicted of […]

Half-Jewish, half-Arab housewife arrested, released in 9/11 scare

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Shoshana Hebshi, who describes herself as “half-Arab, half Jewish,” was at the center of an in-flight scare that made headlines Sunday. The self-described housewife was arrested at gunpoint at the end of a Frontier Airlines flight after other passengers reported […]

Abortion rate much higher with co-habitating couples

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The chart speaks for itself. Married couples abort their pregnancies at a rate almost 10 times less than couple who are just living together. The chart was prepared by pro-life activist David Schmidt and appears on his website Live Action. […]

CBN: Saudi-born Christian warns “the Koran tells you to hate Christians and Jews”

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Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, says the truth must be proclaimed about the religion in which he was raised. However, because he has been candid, his life is at risk, he says. Speaking on the Christian […]

Libyan rebels say they will impose Islamic law

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Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, has a message for Libyans: Fear not, Sharia law is on the way. In a broadcast on the Arabic cable channel al-Jazeera, he assured a cheering crowd that the new […]

Christian author Shane Claiborne teams with Ben & Jerry’s to battle the Pentagon

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Shane Claiborne, a Christian activist and author based in Philadelphia, has teamed up with liberal activist Ben Cohen — the “Ben” of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream — to denounce U.S. military spending. They’ve launched a “Jesus, Bombs and Ice […]

Facebook co-founder will fight North Carolina ban of homosexual marriages

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North Carolina voters have been granted a chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman next year. The state Senate has voted 30-16 to approve the measure Tuesday afternoon. State Senator Warren […]

ACLU fights Oklahoma ban on Islamic law; Muslim group supports Michigan ban

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The battle over Muslim shari’ah law in American has taken some unexpected turns. As might be expected, the American Civil Liberties Union — which predictably takes up any and all anti-Christian causes — is suing the state of Oklahoma in […]

Militants order Somali schools: ban English, teach Arabic

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The militant group al-Shabab, one of several vying for control of Somalia, has ordered all schools to quit teaching English or face violent consequences. Since Somalia has had no government for more than 20 years, all schools are run by charitable groups. The militant group […]

Daily Mail: Scottish bishop calls same-sex marriage ‘cultural vandalism’

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Scotland’s Philip Tartaglia, a senior bishop in the Catholic church, says that any government which legalizes gay marriage is committing “cultural vandalism.” The Bishop of Paisley said that any such move by Scottish legislators would “shame Scotland in the eyes of […]

Washington Post: Americans want a president with “very strong religious beliefs”

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“Atheist alert!” writes Jordan Sekulow in the Washington Post. “New statistics from the Public Religion Research Institute show that over 70 percent of Republicans and over 50 percent of Democrats want a president who has “very strong religious beliefs.” This […]

Australian officials: Scientologists violated slavery laws

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Australian TV reports that the national Fair Work Ombudsman is alleging the Church of Scientology is guilty of false imprisonment of members and forced labor violating Australian slavery laws. The Ombudsman’s preliminary report found some Scientology workers paid as little as […]

Shocker: Judge cites Canada abortion law, frees mom who strangled newborn

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A Canadian judge, noting that a majority of Canadians support  unrestricted abortion, has freed a woman who strangled her newborn son. Katrina Effert of Wetaskiwin, Alberta gave birth secretly in her parents’ downstairs bathroom, then killed the boy and threw his body over […]

Belgian Muslims can now go to their own “shari’ah” courts for divorces, annullments

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A shari’ah court based on Islamic law has been established for Muslims in Antwerp, Belgium, but has the same legal status as “Judge Judy” on American TV, according to officials. The Muslim court will handle marriage disputes and inheritance issues if requested […]

Pastor tells flock to stop tolerating adultery, delete Facebook accounts, shun porn

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South Carolina mega-church pastor Perry Noble had a hard-hitting message on the seriousness of sexual immorality in the church. For those who take sexual sins lightly, he made it clear to them: “You’re not saved,” according to Audrey Barrick reporting for […]

ABC News: Watching SpongeBob SquarePants hurts pre-schoolers’ development

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Watching highly paced cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants hinders pre-schoolers’ abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control, according to the University of Virginia. “He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history,” writes Courtney Hutchison for ABC […]

Japanese Buddhists, Christians mark six-month anniversary of earthquake, tsunami

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While the United States was observing the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Japan on Sunday was marking the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake and tsunami that devasted a large portion of the island nation. The Japanese observed […]

Daily Mail: Embattled Archbishop of Canterbury to resign

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Dr. Rowan Williams is planning to resign as Archbishop of Canterbury by the end of next year – eight years early, London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported Monday. Rumors have been circulating that the 61-year-old Archbishop, who could remain in office until he […]

SMU football player’s faith, quiet act inspire thanks from Aggie interceptor

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There on the game tapes, it’s unmistakable — Texas Aggie Trent Hunter intercepts the ball, but loses his helmet. Southern Methodist center Blake McJunkin takes him down — but deliberately protects Hunter’s head as SMU teammate Kelly Turner joins the […]

Prayer permeated the Ground Zero ceremonies Sunday

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Prayer, scripture-reading and talk of the Almighty resounded as Americans stood together on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America. At the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, a Navy tenor’s voice wafted clear the words of the “Battle Hymn […]

NY Times: Bush, Clinton appeal for unity at Shanksville 9/11 ceremony

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The dedication of a 9/11 memorial in a grassy field near Shanksville, Pa., Saturday gave former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton a chance to appeal for unity. Neither “specifically mentioned the fractured state of relations in Washington,” observed Katherine Q. […]

First responders bicycling to all three 9/11 sites to pray, remember

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On September 11, as Americans commemorate the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, more than 350 9/11 first responders, injured veterans, victims’ family members and supporters will embark on a 540-mile Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) bicycle trip to visit each […]

Condemned Pakistani Christian prays Finland will overturn his asylum denial

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Clive Trevor, who fled his native Pakistan with his family after he was accused of blasphemy by a Muslim cleric, is praying that Finland will give him sanctuary, reports the Pakistan Christian Post, an online newspaper. After months in hiding in […]

Thousands to fill Dodger Stadium to pray, commemorate 9/11 attacks on America

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A time of prayer at a Christian outreach event Saturday at Dodger Stadium will likely be the largest gathering in the nation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., said evangelist Greg Laurie. Harvest Los […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes: A prayer for 9/11

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“Dear God,” offers Bishop T.D. Jakes, the pastor of the Potter’s House church in Texas, “Thou who has been our help in ages past, thou who dispenses your comfort to all those who mourn. We seek your grace to strengthen […]

No thanks to God or first responders at Mayor’s secular 9/11 ceremonies

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks to focus on the victims and their families — not on God or the heroes who rushed into the burning towers to save as many as they […]

Washington Post: The true story of the Ground Zero Cross

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The shape was oddly identifiable in the blasted wreckage of the World Trade Center, standing upright amid beams bent like fork tines and jagged, pagan-seeming tridents, recalls Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post. Rescue worker Frank Silecchia found what has come […]

LA Times: Mel Gibson planning movie on Judah Maccabee

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Mel Gibson, admired for his tenacity in producing the blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ, but whose personal life has led to embarrassing headlines, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee. “Gibson’s […]

Ugandan college student returns home, baffles family with scuba gear, saffron robes

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In June 1990, Steven Kaboggoza,24, left his home in the African nation of Uganda to attend college in India. His family and kin expected him to return as “a rich businessman with a briefcase,” writes Marjorie Chiew, writing for the […]

Our Sunday Visitor: British bishops bring back meatless Friday

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For hundreds of years, Catholics abstained from meat on Fridays — just as many do for the entire month of Lent. Then came the Second Vatican Council — which put aside centuries of tradition. Among the traditions was meatless Friday. But now the bishops […]

NY Times: Ethnic neighborhoods not thrilled with new homosexual marriage law

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Not everybody’s delighted with the New York state legislature’s controversial same-sex marriage law, particularly some of the Big Apple’s ethnic neighborhoods, writes Dan Bilefsky in the New York Times. “The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State has been […]

Jewish Chronicle: Is Obama losing the Jewish vote?

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After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented — New York’s 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district – would stay in the Democratic fold. “They were convinced that […]

British wish faith was more visible in their communities

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Nearly half of British adults would like to see more demonstrations of faith in their local communities, according to a poll. The survey was conducted by the Congregational & General Insurance Co., which said that out of 1,000 British adults, 44 per cent […]

USA Today: Bloomberg’s exclusion of clergy at 9/11 ceremonies is a mistake

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Writing on USA Today‘s editorial page, attorney Jay Sekulow says “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to invite clergy of any faith to commemorate the anniversary Sunday at Ground Zero is a mistake.” The move is deeply offensive […]

Australia may force Scientologists church into bankruptcy

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The Australian government may force the Church of Scientology there to pay millions in past salaries to former members who say they were forced to work for free. The move came after Australian labor officials received confidential statements from several […]

Christian Pakistani nurse asks police to arrest her videotaped rapist

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A Christian nurse here has told police she was raped by a Muslim co-worker who filmed the act and showed it to her family in an attempt to blackmail her into renouncing her faith and marrying him. Christians have little […]

Washington Post: “Convergence” includes Christianity, Apache shamanism, anarchy

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The People Against Poverty and Apathy Festival attended by about 500 free spirits in a field north of Baltimore “is completely outside of what you might see in a typical Sunday morning service,” writes blogger Julia Duin. “In fact, most […]

Rudy Guiliani chides NYC Mayor: microphones won’t melt if clergy are allowed to pray

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani was just a little sarcastic as he advised Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the microphones won’t melt if plans are changed and clergy are allowed to pray at Sunday’s memorial observances as Ground Zero. […]

NY Times: “Jesus Daily” on Facebook surpasses Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, NFL

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“Jesus Daily” — which started off as a preacher’s son’s hobby now has the most highly engaged Facebook audience in the world, reports Jennifer Preston in the New York Times. The page hosted by Aaron Tabor, 41, a North Carolina physician, far […]

“Tolerance” collapsing under the weight of contradicting expectations, says author

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Tolerance – understood in its classical liberal sense as a virtue essential to freedom – has been hijacked and bankrupted, argues British sociologist Frank Furedi. “Dragged into the politicisation of identity, tolerance has become a form of ‘polite etiquette. Where once […]

NY Post: Hog-riding Rebbe’s Riders seek Jewish bikers who’ve strayed onto the road to hell

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“A tough-looking, leather-clad gang of Hasidic Jewish bikers who call themselves “Rebbe’s Riders” are cruising the tri-state area of New Y0rk, New Jersey and Connecticut, bringing the truth of the Torah to other motorcycle-riding Jews they meet on the road. […]

Little church’s members try to slip past police to support beseiged Beijing Christians

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Five members of a small suburban “house church” got up at 4 a.m. Sunday hoping to slip past police and worship Jesus with beseiged believers from the 1,000-member Shouwang Church in Beijing. However, police were out in force and caught the five […]

Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus to speak at National Cathedral’s 9/11 service, but no evangelicals

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The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., has scheduled “A Call to Compassion” interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11 — however not a single protestant or evangelical has been invited to participate. Who was invited? A Roman Catholic bishop, a Jewish rabbi, […]

Saudi schoolteacher accused of raping 13 students

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The lawyer of a Saudi schoolteacher accused of raping 13 underage girls has called for dropping 11 out of 13 charges against his client and asked for the case to be heard quickly. “My client is innocent of all the […]

Australian institute links global warming to increased mental illness

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A report from Australia’s Climate Institute links global warming with mental illness. In its report, the anti-carbon emissions organization argues that a spike in severe weather events in Australia coincides with increased rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance […]

Peace conference stirs up conflict between Muslim scholars

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The Dalai Lama will join controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan in Montreal on Wednesday for a conference on world religions and peace in the aftermath of 9/11. “But rather than promising inspiration in a world plagued by religious tumult, the […]

Biola University prof: 9/11 attacks are a depressing indictment of humanity

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The September 11, 2001 attacks on America reveal what is often hidden to us about ourselves, writes Clay Jones, a professor at Biola University near Los Angeles. “We are scared of our own mortality,” he writes. “We tend to call the […]

Their heritage guides the Sekulow family’s fight to protect America’s religious freedom

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  by Jordan Sekulow Special to Beliefnet When interfaith prayer is too controversial[1] for a memorial service in New York, it’s worth asking: how has America’s treatment of public religion changed? “Hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more […]

‘Brain dead’ Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation

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by Rebecca Millette Madeleine Gauron, a Quebec, Canada, woman identified as viable for organ donation after doctors diagnosed her as “brain dead,” surprised her family and physicians when she recovered from a coma, opened her eyes, and began eating. The 76-year-old […]

Baylor researcher: Want to be more concerned about poverty, ecology, human rights?

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What daily practice may help American Christians become more concerned about issues of poverty, conservation and civil liberties? Reading the Bible, according to the news website Black Christian News. The answer may come as a surprise to those locked into […]

Reuters: Nigerian mob hacks Christian family of eight to death

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Muslim youths hacked a Christian family of eight to death in Nigeria’s volatile Plateau state, continuing a week of religious violence, according to the British news service Reuters. Over the last month, extremists have killed 24 Christians, reported the human rights group Compass Direct, […]

World magazine: Is there such a thing as a wrong question?

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Author Andrée Seu writing in World magazine ponders: “I have often heard, ‘There’s no such thing as a bad question.’” Well, is there? “Scripture shows that there is such a thing as a bad question,” she writes. Among them would […]

Washington Post: Prayer vital to America’s survival

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“Prayer is essential. Faith is powerful. Non-believers and skeptics cannot comprehend the concept of literally asking God for His guidance and blessing. This is not surprising nor is it, in itself, offensive. When the lack of understanding turns into sneers […]

Billy Graham’s daughter: September 11 attacks were a wake-up call from God

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were a wake-up call from God, says the Rev. Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. She recalls how she was at home by herself on the day of the terrorist attack. “My daughter […]

American Hindu mixes tradition, Texas culture

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In many ways, 29-year-old Rishi Bhutada is a good ol’ Texas boy. But he’s also a traditional Hindu, not so different from his Indian-born parents. An officer at his dad’s pipefitting company, U.S.-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India […]

Village Voice: Scientology internal document says special office will “handle” key critic

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“A nice little tidbit for the evening here at the underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology,” writes Tony Ortega of New York City’s the Village Voice. Ortega has been running a regular feature “The 25 […]

12-year-old says God made the difference when he was attacked by a bull shark

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Twelve-year-old Nicholas Vossler knew what he needed after he was attacked by a shark off of Matagorda Island, Texas. “Mom,” the boy gasped as his stunned mom held him in her arms, “you need to start praying.” A tough sixth […]

Radio Free Asia: Infuriated Chinese cops isolate blind activist from outside world

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Blind activist Chen Guangcheng — who has infuriated the Chinese government by exposing their much-denied practice of forcing women to have unwanted abortions — will be transferred to a small prison built specifically for him and his wife, Yuan Weijing, […]

Christian Post: Christians evangelize because Jesus told them to

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Greg Stier was asked by someone not too long ago why Christians were so obsessed with proseltyizing others. He writes in the Christian Post: I paused and thought about his excellent question. According to the dictionary, the word proselytize means, […]

Churches’ Dilemma: 80 Percent of Flock Is Inactive

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 There is a secret inside many churches. According to researchers Scott Thumma and Warren Bird, most churches – mega-sized and small, black and white – are actually run by 20 percent of the congregation. The other 80 percent, they say, […]

Outraged parents get gay rape, orgy books removed from student “required reading” lists

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Two books, one containing an explicit depiction of statutory lesbian rape, and the other a homosexual orgy, have been removed from local schools’ required reading lists by outraged New Jersey parents. “The texts, Norwegian Wood and Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines, originally […]

Arab officials monitor mosque sermons, ban some topics, OK others

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“Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events,” writes David E. Miller in the Jerusalem Post. “But the Arab Spring is playing havoc with the […]

Why has there been almost nothing in the press about this global warming study?

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If late novelist and screenwriter Michael Crichton had lived to write a follow-up to State of Fear, the plotline might well have gone like this: at a top-secret, state-of-the-art laboratory in Switzerland, scientists from 113 countries finally discover the true cause […]

Happy Labor Day! So, just what is it that we are celebrating today?

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Happy Labor Day! As you enjoy this federal holiday … do you have any idea why you are celebrating? Labor Day has been an official U.S. holiday for only slightly more than a century, yet it is embedded into the […]

Muslim protesters “will make as much noise as possible” during 9/11 moment of silence

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Demonstrators from London’s “Muslims Against Crusades,” whose website shows a graphic of a plane heading towards New York’s World Trade Center, say they “will make as much noise as possible during the planned mark of respect for the dead.” Their disruption […]

Thrifty Amish offer lessons to us all

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By ERIN ALBANESE Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The old Lorilee Craker would have picked up a couple of $16 children’s shirts without a second thought, ordered a $20 pizza without checking what’s in the fridge, and sent […]

U.S. press shrugs off Pakistan’s blasphemy law chaos

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Assassinations and abductions are increasingly a part of Pakistan politics as the Islamic republic descends into anarchy. Instead of public debate, politicians who take controversial positions are murdered and their killers treated like heroes. Punjab’s governor and presidential hopeful, Salman Taseer, and the […]

Village Voice: Tape proves Church of Scientology has lied about shunning pariahs

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The Village Voice has obtained an audiotape secretly recorded in December 2009 at a meeting between Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis and a man named Shane Clark — which has Davis threatening to declare Clark a shunned “suppressive person.” As such, […]

Young tumbler spins, flips, falls 4 stories; training saved his life

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    Teenage tumbling coach Dylan Smith spun and did a backflip as he fell four stories — and the mid-air gymnastics apparently saved his life. “He’s alive and it’s basically a miracle,” said his father, Hugh Smith of North […]

Blind Chinese activist’s wife tells of beatings, pleads for help

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“They beat and tortured my husband and me for more than two hours,” writes the wife of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng – who dared to tell the world the horror of his country’s forced abortion policy. In a letter smuggled out of […]

Kansas City church has been praying, worshipping 24 hours a day for more than 12 years

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by Billy Hallowell There are about 300,000 Protestant churches in America. While each is surely unique, most of them probably have worship services on Sundays (and, perhaps at one or two other mornings or evenings during the week). But, one […]

New Yorker expose, FBI investigation impacting Church of Scientology

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The Church of Scientology always has a high profile owing to its many celebrity adherents, but recent headlines have not always been good news for the church, observes the Religion Link news website. “A lengthy New Yorker article profiled the […]

Have Israeli archeologists found Goliath’s hometown?

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At the remains of an ancient metropolis in southern Israel, archaeologists are piecing together the history of a people remembered chiefly as the bad guys of the Hebrew Bible. The city of Gath, where the annual digging season began this […]

Where do children and motherhood rank in our society?

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by Rachel Jankovic John Piper’s Desiring God website A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup […]

CNN: Banned by Communist government, churches in China “at a critical moment,” pastor says

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By Eunice Yoon, CNN Beijing, China – The congregants were seated in rows of folding chairs, clasping their hands in prayer or studying passages in their Bibles. The choir was sitting up front ready to sing on cue. A cross […]

Can uplifting, values-based movies succeed at the box office?

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The mission: To bring positive, inspirational messages back into the global marketplace. “Such is the goal of Mission Pictures International,” writes Beliefnet’s John Kennedy, “the global film financing and distribution company founded by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O’Shaughnessy in 2008. […]

Catholic Herald: Is television “Satan’s Tabernacle?”

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William Oddie in the British Catholic Herald writes: “This week I received through the post the summer newsletter of an organization I had not previously heard of, engagingly called CUT, which stands for Catholics Unplug your Televisions. This immediately put […]

Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized

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Two Christian men were attacked and beaten to unconsciousness in the Pakistani city of Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, according to the Compass Direct news service. Liaqat Munawar, a resident of Essa Nagri in Karachi, told Compass […]

Is your church too “cool”? Longing for a little tradition?

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by Rachel Held Evans ~ Relevant Magazine People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who has no children, I must want a super-hip church—you know, the kind that’s called “Thrive” or “Be,” and which boasts “an awesome worship […]

Bestselling author: America’s culture is in collapse

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American culture is circling the drain faster and faster, but most of us are too caught up in the frenetic pace of our lives to notice the dramatic changes that have sent our country spinning out of control, says New […]

Washington Post: Jerusalem holy to Christians and Muslims, but central to Jews

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“Many of us who travel to Israel frequently risk becoming jaded,” writes Menachem Z. Rosensaft in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “We lose sight of Israel’s true significance.” Rosensaft is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, a […]

NY Times bans use of “tweet” except in articles about birds

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As if to prove that the New York Times deserves its nickname “the Old Gray Lady,” the daily has banned the word “tweet” from news articles. “Based on the rationale that only ‘standard English’ should be used in news articles, […]

Malaysian Buddhist mystic offers local news reporters tour of hell

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A Buddhist medium, Master Kek Eng Seng of the Tze Bei Guan Yin Dhamma Center in Georgetown, Malaysia, says he can travel mystically through the realms of Earth, heaven and hell — and recently offered to take a group of 50 […]

After South Carolina town prays for football star, doctors say they can’t find cancer

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Do you believe in miracles? South Carolina athlete C.J. Williams does and so do his football teammates at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C. Last Friday, the Predators’ star running back was diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, […]

Tony Blair’s sister converts to Islam, calls for the destruction of Israel

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Laura Booth, sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has called on Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to invade Israel. No stranger to Middle Eastern politics, she sailed to Gaza in the flotilla protest. At a rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, she proclaimed […]

Washington Post: It’s time for a “Catholic economy”

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“Should government favor those made rich by the capitalist current system or should it support the interests of a democratic majority?” asks Anthony Stevens-Arroyo in the Washington Post’s On Faith section. His solution — a “Catholic” compromise” The teachings of the […]

Harvard University: Arab governments tracking down dissident bloggers

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Arab dissidents who have used the internet to organize street protests have encountered “astounding” levels of intimidation and arrest since the onset of the Arab Spring, according to a study by Harvard University. Researchers also found that new regimes, such as […]

Liberty University’s campus pastor blasts Christian hypocrisy

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The campus minister at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is tired of “fake religion,” he says. Recently, Johnny Moore, 28, halted a song service at the late Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church. “OK, OK, wait just a second,” said Moore. “Do you […]

Ancient graffiti, scratched on the side of a cave, was the Twitter of its day

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Israeli archaeologist Dr. Boaz Zissu enjoys deciphering the mysterious scratches on the walls of ancient caves. Pointing to a set of 2,000-year-old scrawls apparently scratched into the soft rock with a nail, “It says ‘Christo,’” he explains, pointing out the ancient […]

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